Ridley Scott returns to his roots … and how!
Ridley Scott is a strange creature. Director of such fantastic masterpieces as Alien and Gladiator – heck, even Blade Runner has worked its way up to a cult-classic status – he’s unfortunately equally famous for his successes as he is for his failures. Not that he has many of them, but truth be told, Ridley Scott‘s career does occasionally goes nose-down for a few years before he resurfaces with a movie that reminds us of why we liked the British director in the first place. Or how movies like Matchstick Men and Kingdom of Heaven would rather produce a ‘huh’ or ‘what’ than a ‘wow!’ or ‘yeah!’
It’s okay I guess, every director has made some minor movies in their careers at some point … and it’s not as if Ridley Scott has made really bad movies after all. (except for G.I. Jane, that one was quite lame.)
One thing is for certain though: with Prometheus, the visionary director goes back to his roots. Better yet, he delivers a stone-cold punch in-your-face, knock-out science-fiction movie that outclasses every single science-fiction movie of the past 15 years and comes mighty close to being labeled a classic. Literally everything about this movie is sooo beautiful …
There are many things to talk about, but the visual effects are above and beyond perfect. They are absolutely stunning. You never doubt for a single second that which appears on screen, regardless of how weird it looks.
Little snake-like creatures that crawl and make strange sissing sounds when provoked, big-ass monsters with tentacles, whiter than washing powder-white human beings that hardly say a word, regular people who turn into zombies when coming into contact with whatever gasses or liquids are out there on the alien planet.
And most important of all, the promise of director Ridley Scott that his new science-fiction movie would be a prequel to the Alien-franchise. He did not disappoint. Keep your eyes wide open, because all over the movie are small, well-hidden clues that Prometheus is in fact connected to the beginning of the first Alien-movie, and as such the entire monster-space saga.
The level of detail in set dressing of the many chambers and underground cave tunnels not only enhances the visual effects of the movie, but it makes watching Prometheus a feast for you eyes. It’s looks so real and authentic that you cannot tell the difference anymore between what’s made with computer-generated effects or what’s actually built from scratch.
Of course, Prometheus is a lot more than just glitter and glamour. The story told is quite intriguing as well. Although it takes a bit long before you know what is going on, the creepy almost Hitchcock-like atmosphere painted throughout the first few sequences will keep you on the edge of your seat, whether by fear or by interest of how fantastic this movie looks …
Telling you what the story is, would ruin the experience, so all you need to know is that a couple of explorers are on the verge of discovering clues on the origin of mankind, especially where our civilization came from. Needless to say, they will find a lot more than a couple of rocks and skeleton bones …
To have famous names leading your movie is one thing. To have a spectacular cast of brilliant actors is quite something else. It’s the latter that Prometheus has in abundance. To name them all would take up too much time, so here are the ones who’ve had a major impact on the joy of watching the movie.
First and foremost there is the Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. She’s not just pretty but as proven in the sensational Swedish Millennium-trilogy, she knows how to take on different roles. She has no problem stepping in for Sigourney Weaver as the female protagonist. Rapace does very well, so well that she will return for the sequel.
Charlize Theron – who seems to be everywhere these days – plays the uptight yet friendly chief-in-command. Strangely she shows little or no emotions throughout the movie. Hey … maybe she’s a robot!
But the final touch of this wonderful space-movie is neatly performed by Idris Elba, a man who doesn’t want to be cool, but ends up being just that nonetheless. His no-nonsense approach works works well and even though his character doesn’t seem all that multi-layered in terms of character depth, Elba pulls it off and remains a likable asset for the movie …
What’s really odd about this movie is that it only seems to grow stronger as the story progresses. Not to mention the end, which is a real shocker … wow-yeah!!
did you know?
The androids’ names in the Alien films follow an alphabetical pattern: In Alien (1979) it’s Ash, in Aliens (1986) and Alien³ (1992) it’s Bishop, in Alien: Resurrection (1997) it’s Call and in this movie it’s David.
Give it to me straight:
Prometheus shows that director Ridley Scott is at his best when he’s doing science-fiction movies. Not just the special effects are enough to make you drool all over your clothes, but the story is quite interesting as well. The movie takes its sweet time to create the haunting atmosphere and flesh out the main players, but once it gets underway, the movie becomes a fabulous ride that you wish would never stop.
Some of the creepy creatures designed by H.R. Giger (the man who gave us the Alien-creature) are just as ingenious and imaginative as the original xenomorphs in the Alien-saga. Without him, this movie would’ve been just another space-thriller that would hardly raise an interest amongst movie fans. Both at the beginning of the movie as well as at the end, you’ll be treated to some of the greatest new animal-like being you have ever seen!
The cast is great. The script is good. The visual effects are wondrous. There are so many wonderful things going on that you would never want this movie to be over. In the end, Prometheus is a modern scifi-classic with just the right amount of chills and thrills to keep you glued to the screen. The song of the Kelly Family said it best, I think: “I’m in love with an alien … “
Give it to me short:
Prometheus is a movie you HAVE to watch if you liked any of the Alien-movies. If new to the science-fiction work of director Ridley Scott, you’re in for quite a surprise. Whichever way you slice it, Prometheus is a brilliant take on the Alien-atmosphere … but fortunately with an entirely new character of its own, thus making this movie very original and yet strangely familiar …